Posted by: Tom K.
April 4, 2013

Tom K.

The Spawning Bed

At different times of the year, fish pair up for their annual spawning ritual.  In the warmer climates, bass and bream are answering the call of nature right now, and anglers are seeing them on the beds.  In a month or two, spots further north will see bass and panfish doing the same thing.  Some trout and steelhead set up redds in rivers in the spring while other trout and salmon spawn in the fall. …

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 20, 2013

Tom K.

The Stocking Truck

MassWildlife photographer Bill Byrne.

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
November 30, 2012

Elizabeth

Wild Animal Encounters

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One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature.  I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out of fishing, regardless of how many fish they actually catch. But let’s face it, there are times when encounters with wild animals are more than exhilarating—they can be downright dangerous and frightening.  Trust…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 12, 2012

Tom K.

Fall Foliage

The fall brings about wonderful changes in every part of the country.  Where I live I see the most profound changes, with maples, birches, alders, and hickories becoming vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  Many people come from all over the country to watch the leaves turn, and I can’t blame ‘em.  I like to get a closer view of them along my favorite streams and rivers. The trout that I catch are as colorful as…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
October 9, 2012

Elizabeth

The Over/Under: Fishing and Boating vs Other Sports

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October not only toes the 50-yard line of football season, it’s also the middle of youth soccer season, the end of baseball season, the start of basketball season, a great time to hit the trails for a run, a hike or a bike ride, and a picture-perfect month for a golf game. With these and many other sports options, everyone has a lot of choices for being active. So, why should someone choose boating and…

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Posted by: Kirk
September 27, 2012

Kirk

“Real” Greenbacks Identified Just in Time

The fly fishing world is buzzing after a scientific study released three days ago explained that the trout which fisheries biologists in Colorado had thought were native greenback trout really aren’t; however a small population of “real” greenbacks—thought to be the last in the world—has been identified in a small creek near Colorado Springs. It’s a fascinating story of science and history, with huge ramifications on how wild and native trout will be managed in…

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Posted by: Kirk
August 29, 2012

Kirk

Our National Parks Are Gifts for All Anglers

What a tremendous gift our forefathers gave when they set aside America’s National Parks. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the country and fish in a number of exciting locales, but there’s just something special about being in places like Grand Teton, Yellowstone, The Everglades or Rocky Mountain National Park. They each have a distinct feel, a certain crisp smell in the air, and the sounds of pure nature. I have often thought that…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 23, 2012

Tom K.

Take Someone Fishing

Exposing an angler to a new type of fishing is pure magic.

The other day, several of us were sitting on the tailgate after an evening of fishing.  We had one of those spectacular sunsets where there were lots of fish around and boy were they easy to catch.  Ours was the kind of day that makes up for those times when the conditions aren’t right and we have to struggle.  It was pure magic. My friend brought up the results of a Field and Stream story…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
August 13, 2012

Elizabeth

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

Cave Lake State Park

  With roughly 365 million trillion gallons of water on our planet, it can be difficult to decide where’s best to drop anchor and throw out a line. Then, for us fishermen and women, add in, can I fish there, is it a good place for the family, is there a boat ramp, what species should I plan to catch, … and the planning process can become much more than you bargained for. Well, thanks…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
July 30, 2012

Elizabeth

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

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For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…

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